adiPure Trainer: Helping Texas A&M Basketball Play Lockdown D | STACK

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

adiPure Trainer: Helping Texas A&M Basketball Play Lockdown D

November 26, 2011

Lateral movement is a fundamental basketball skill, says Darby Rich, strength and conditioning coach for the Texas A&M basketball team: “If you can’t defend your opponent, you have no chance of playing.”

The Aggies believe that lockdown defense is built on efficient lateral movement. To improve lateral movement, end-to-end speed and explosive jumping, they perform live basketball moves and drills in the adiPure Trainer.

Unlike high-end basketball shoes, the adiPure Trainer enables athletes to activate the muscles in their feet, ankles and calves. Take, for example, the Aggies’ Resisted Lateral Slide Drill, in which the athletes slide laterally, execute a drop step to backpedal, and then close out to the shooter.

Says Rich: “There’s a lot of stress that gets put on the ankles, knees and toes as we go through this drill. As you build from the foot up, you will become stronger throughout your entire body. When locked down in a basketball shoe, your feet can’t perform the same as they would [in the adiPure Trainer].”

The end result of performing basketball drills and movements in the adiPure Trainer, Rich says, is that “it allows our guys to sit down in their defensive stance and use their feet. When they get in the basketball shoe, their ankles are stronger, and they’re more prepared to sit down and guard somebody.”

See the Resisted Lateral Slide Drill in action, as well as the Aggies’ Cable-Resisted Rip Through Drill, both of which are performed in the adiPure Trainer. Watch the video above to learn more about Rich’s training philosophy.

Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

4 Foot Speed Drills to Increase Speed and Agility

Foot speed drills are great ways to improve your speed and agility. This is because being able to move your feet quickly is critical to sprinting fast...

The Secret Weapon Powering Stephen Curry's Resurgence

How to Build First-Step Quickness for Baseball and Softball

Soccer Players: Get Faster with the Montreal Impact Workout

10 Essential Point Guard Drills From Skylar Diggins

Ditch the Sprints. Here's How to Build True Sports Speed

Basketball Recruiting: It's Never Too Late

Get Faster With the Ultimate Stair Workout

The 5 Elements of a Successful Speed Training Program

How to Safely Decelerate Faster

2-Week Long-Distance Track Workout Training Plan

10 Reasons Why You're Not Getting Faster

The Secret to Tom Brady's Newfound Speed

3 Simple Tips to Improve Your 40-Yard Dash

Increase Your Soccer Speed With 4 Sprint Drills

WATCH: 5-Foot-2 Guard Drops 41 Points

Get Faster With 'The .10 Second Difference' From EXOS

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Ladder Drills

How to Train for Speed in Cold Weather

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Track Sprints

Nike Basketball Officially Unveils the Nike Kyrie 1

Make the Most of Your Pre-season Training

Improve Your Footwork to Improve Football Agility

Preparation Nation: Hoover Buccaneers Basketball

Stability Training Can Improve Your Agility and Range of Motion

8 Positions to Lower Your 40-Yard-Dash Time

Preparation Nation: Bishop Gorman Basketball

4 Powerful Band Agility Drills

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Multidirectional Run

Basketball In-Season Battle Rope Complexes, Part 1

Get More Explosive Off the Line of Scrimmage Like DeSean Jackson

5 Essential Cross Country Workouts Explained


How Skylar Diggins Became the Future of the WNBA

3 Box Drills That Develop True Game Speed

Skipping Drills: The Missing Link From Your Speed Workouts

Basketball Recruits: What You Should Do in November

Greene's Lantern: Riding With 'Soul'

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: The Treadmill Challenge

Get the Most Out of Foam Rolling

VIDEO: Steph Curry's Absurd Long-Range Shot

STACK Challenge: 300-Yard Shuttle

3 Speed Workouts to Improve Your Top-End Sprints

The Best Basketball Sneakers of 2014

Under Armour Introduces the Curry One

How to Improve Your Basketball Quickness in 5 Minutes

Here's Why Andre Williams' Breakout Performance Was No Fluke

3 Speed Training Essentials You Must Develop to Get Faster

Burn Your Competition with This Sprint Workout

Lengthen Your Stride for Maximum Speed

Build Strength for Baseball and Softball Speed

Improve Your Football 40 Time During the Season

Sprint Faster With Speed Demons

3 Secrets of the NBA's Best Shooters

Soccer Speed and Agility Drills for Women

The Speed Drill That Set Up DeSean Jackson's 64-Yard Touchdown

Rev Up Your Sprint Training With These Complexes

Under Armour Releases Veterans Day Kicks

Build Game-Breaking Speed With This Exercise

3 Speed Drills to Help You Sprint Faster and Lower Your 40 Time

Get More Explosive With James Harden's Workout

How Sammy Watkins Built His Game-Breaking Speed

Get Faster With 3 Essential Speed Training Strategies

Make Quick and Powerful Cuts Like Adrian Peterson

Get Tougher With Skylar Diggins' Bodyweight Workout

Michael Johnson's Guide to a Faster 40

The Off-Season Baseball Speed and Agility Workout Program

Reactive Agility: The Next Big Thing in Speed Training